Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day. Known as the Blue Planet due to its abundance of water, the Earth is an incredibly complex and vibrant ecosystem, where living organisms interact with each other and their environment to create the ideal conditions for life. It is much like the vibrant ecosystem that creates ideal conditions for life in Kinderhook Lake. Earth Day as a day to celebrate and preserve the natural environment. Let’s use Earth Day to clean up the environment around us. Clean up our properties. Clean up our shoreline. Clean up our lake. Make Earth Day a valuable day for our environment.
We want to thank our KLC members, neighbors, and friends who have already stepped up to help our effort to battle the invasive weed problems in Kinderhook Lake. Since February 1st, we have impressively raised nearly 75% of the funds needed to purchase the ECO-Harvester.
At a recent meeting with DEC, our harvesting permit was assured for this coming summer. When the harvester arrives at Kinderhook Lake around June 1st, the final payment will be due. We are close to reaching our $76,000 goal and remind those who have not yet had the opportunity to contribute to please help us get there. All ECO-Harvester donations will be dedicated to the cost and operation of the harvesting equipment. Please remember that all donations are tax deductible.
Please go to the MEMBERSHIP page to make your donation.
A last minute reminder. In accordance with our latest DEC draw-down permit, if there is no ice on the lake, the lake will be brought back to summer level shortly after March 21st. If you have any remaining shoreline projects, please get them done quickly.
Weeds! Weeds! Weeds! Do you find yourself trapped by weeds? Weeds wrapped around your propellers? Weeds clogging your jet ski motor? Floating weeds trapped around your dock or shoreline? Unable to get away from your shoreline without passing through weeds? Tangled in weeds while swimming, paddling or sailing? Fishing lines tangled in weeds? Embarrassed to show off your lake to friends? Worried about your property values? Weeds! Weeds! Weeds!
Aquatic weeds are essential to a healthy lake ecology and are important to the spawning and growth of our fish population. Weeds have always grown in Kinderhook Lake. However, due to the recent infestation of aquatic invasive species, along with a warm winter and spring in 2016, the quantity of invasive and native weeds has exploded. Exploded!
During the summer of 2016, over 70 acres of dense invasive aquatic weed beds were mapped in Kinderhook Lake. This includes 65 acres of Eurasian milfoil mixed with curly-leaf pondweed and 5 acres of water chestnuts. In addition, approximately 15 acres of dense nuisance native weeds, water star-grass, were observed but not mapped. Boating and recreational activities in 2016 were virtually impossible in these dense weed beds all around the lake.
So, what’s the answer? After a year of considerable research, the KLC Weed Committee has recommended weed harvesting using an ECO-Harvester.
Different from the common weed harvester, which simply cuts the top of the weeds off like a lawn mower, the ECO-Harvester pulls out the entire weed along with its roots. The Committee’s research has shown this is the best approach to a long-term, effective, environmentally friendly, and sustainable weed management program. Implementing a weed management program with a new ECO-Harvester in the spring of 2017 may avoid a potentially catastrophic summer for boating and recreational activities.
Recent capital improvements at the dam and annual copper sulfate purchases to keep the lake free of blue-green algae have put a considerable strain on KLC’s financial reserves. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of membership gifts and donations. However, to keep this weed invasion manageable, we need to react right away, and once again have to ask for your support.
Our goal is to raise $76,000 to cover the cost of an ECO-Harvester. Our goal can be achieved through donations by everyone who loves and uses Kinderhook Lake and wants to see it thrive in the future.
To reach our goal and help save our lake from being overtaken by weeds, we request your support and donations in one of the following categories.
- Patron: $200-$399
- Golden Patron: $400-$649
- Eagle: $650-$999
- Golden Eagle: $1,000-$1,499
- Diamond: $1,500-$2,400
- Platinum Leader: Over $2,500
Think about it this way, the ECO-Harvester is expected to operate for at least 10 years. If you donate $1,000, your one-time Golden Eagle donation would be equivalent to $100/year. Certainly, you would agree that it’s worth $100/year to save our lake from the destruction that will be caused by the continued expansion of invasive and native weeds. And if you are lucky enough to own property on the lake, you would also agree that it’s worth $100/year to assure your property values continue to rise.
Please help us reach our $76,000 goal to start our weed management program this coming spring.
Simply click this link ECO-Harvester Donations (or the green bar at the top fo the page) to easily make your donations online using a credit card or PayPal. Online payments are processed through PayPal for security purposes. If you prefer, you may mail a check in the amount of your donation to the Kinderhook Lake Corporation, PO Box 53, Niverville, NY 12130.
Thank you for helping to preserve Kinderhook Lake.
Starting around October 15th, the KLC will start dropping the water to winter levels – 33-inches below the spillway, which is approximately 4.5-feet below summer water level. Next spring, the KLC will begin raising the lake as soon as possible after ice-out, so we encourage you to do your shoreline projects this fall.
The drawdown is the best method of exposing Eurasian milfoil to freezing temperatures. To be most effective at killing the weeds, frost needs to be at least 4 to 6-inches deep for 2 to 4 weeks. If you’re sick of battling weeds along the shoreline, pray for very cold weather before any snow accumulates (which insulates the ground).
Please do NOT rake leaves into the lake or burn leaves in the lake bed; both of these activities add nutrients that aid in the growth of more weeds, something we all want to avoid. If possible, rake leaves OUT of the lake bed. If you are so inclined, pull weeds out by their roots from shoreline areas in front of your property and dispose of them far from the lake. Also, please don’t throw twigs, branches or tree limbs into the lake bed, as these tend to drift down to the dam and clog the sluice gate, hampering control of the water level.
Proper maintenance of shoreline property septic systems is the best means to help control waste water from reaching our beautiful lake. For many years, the KLC has been advocating the importance of having shoreline property septic systems cleaned every 2 years. With this in mind, we’re pleased to announce that the KLIA has arranged for Sand Lake Septic Services to clean out septic tanks around the lake at the reduced rate of $160 + tax, starting on September 12, 2016. This rate is based on uncovered and pump-ready tanks. Any difficult access or digging to reach the tank will incur an additional fee. If you are interested in taking advantage of this reduced-rate service, please email your name, address, and phone number to email@example.com. Sand Lake Septic will contact you to schedule a date for cleaning.
If you have not had your septic tank cleaned within the past 2 years, please do your part in keeping our lake clean. The KLC board, members, your neighbors and all lake users will thank you.
Saturday, August 27
Annual Meeting of Members
10:00am at the KLIA Hall
Members are urged to join the Board to hear about current and future issues around the lake.
It’s a great time to ask questions and share your suggestions.
Coffee and donuts will be provided.
KLC logo merchandise will be available, so it’s a perfect time to stock up on early holiday gifts,
including our new t-shirts and beer and wine glasses.
Looking forward to seeing all our members there.
July 4th is just around the corner.
Kayak Rally: 8:00 – 11:30. Paddle around the lake with any non-motorized vessel and collect as many tickets as you can from orange flagged locations around the lake. Print your name and phone # on each ticket and bring your tickets to the Rt 28 launch by 11:30. Tickets will be drawn for great prizes, including a $50 gift certificate to Steiner’s Sporting Goods and gift certificates for KLC merchandise.
Boat Parade: Starts 1:30 from One Tree Island. Decorate your vessel to tour the lake, entertain your neighbors, make some noise and have a ton of fun. Be recognized for best decorations and most patriotic boat.
Ring of Fire: 9:00pm. Light your flares at 9:00pm along the shoreline for the annual Ring of Fire. Flares will be available at the Rt. 28 launch from 11am to 1pm on July 4th, or call Ken Bosen (see DIRECTORS page for contact info) to arrange for flares at other times.
Keep your fingers crossed for great weather. Please be safe, and let’s have yet another spectacular Fourth of July on Kinderhook Lake.